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The Renewable Electron Economy XVII: On-Grid and Grid-Optional Transport, 'Parachute' for a $140/Barrel Oil Society

by: Michael Hoexter

Currently, vehicle-makers, researchers, investors and green technology analysts are involved in a high-stakes game of developing and investing in various battery chemistries and designs which may yield the result of more energy dense, longer-lasting, and less toxic batteries or ultracapacitors.

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The Renewable Electron Economy Part XV: Is the EV Revolution Already Here?

by: Michael Hoexter

In the leisurely way I have been writing and posting on my blog, I have not yet completed my series on how energy supply and energy demand will look in the future, what I am calling the Renewable Electron Economy. Yet, as events are unfolding more rapidly in the world around us, we may see some form of an Electron Economy, perhaps fueled by renewable energy, sooner rather than later.

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Nokia's Eco Sensing Cell Phone Brings New Meaning to Connectivity

by: Idris Mootee

Social networks are finally converging with mobile connectivity and eco-friendly concepts. Nokia is at the cutting edge of innovation again (Motorola, what are you guys doing?) with this visionary concept of Eco Sensor Phone System. This new design concept consists of a cell phone and compatible sensing device that allows you to stay connected to your friends as well as to your health and local environment.

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The Renewable Electron Economy Part IX: What is Renewable Energy Anyway?

by: Michael Hoexter

I’ve been posting  on the Electron Economy/Renewable Electron Economy for the past 9 months but have been relying on the Justice Potter Stewart definition (“knowing it when I see it”) of renewable energy. Most people tend to define renewable energy by listing certain natural resources: “Oh, its wind, solar, geothermal, wave, tides, etc.”

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The Renewable Electron Economy Part VIII.2: The Electric Farm - 2

by: Michael Hoexter

In Part 1 of this post, I started to construct a scenario where a medium-sized farm would do most or all of its work using electric farm equipment. This model of a farm had 1 large tractor with 250kW(335 hp) maximum power output and 4 smaller tractors with 50kW (67hp) maximum power output (though working at 50% power on the peak energy day).

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Change in Nomenclature: “The Renewable Electron Economy”

by: Michael Hoexter

I’ve been devoting this blog for the last 4 months to talking about the “electron economy”, how most of our energy needs can be satisfied by using electricity and electrical devices with minimal damage to the planet and our future well-being.

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The Renewable Electron Economy Part VIII.1: The Electric Farm

by: Michael Hoexter

Urbanites and suburbanites tend to forget that our civilization is based on agriculture, an agriculture that is heavily mechanized and dependent on fossil fuel.

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The Renewable Electron Economy Part VII: Stationary Energy Storage…Key to the Renewable Grid

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The Renewable Electron Economy Part V.5: Generating Electricity from Biomass

by: Michael Hoexter

Part V of the series on the Renewable Electron Economy continues with another renewable source for electricity, a consideration of one of the most complex topics in renewable energy, biomass.

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The Renewable Electron Economy Part V.4: Power from Hot Rocks (Geothermal)

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